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New Body (higher ISO) or Longer Lens (400mm f/2.8)?

ultravista

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ultravista Basic Member
Tue 09-Dec-08 09:13 PM

Here's the dilemma ...

I have been shooting a decent amount of boxing and MMA lately with. At the moment, I am stuck with the D200 and the high ISO noise that comes with it.

When shooting ringside (not often), I shoot with the 28-70mm AF-S f/2.8 and for Auxiliary, the Sigma 120-300mm HSM EX f/2.8 with and without the 1.4 teleconverter.

The D200 is mediocre at best with ISO 1600 and horrible at 1600+ (H1, H2).

I am looking to source a new body, maybe a D300 or D700 that handles noise much better. The goal is to get a faster shutter, through higher ISO with less noise at f/4.

I lose a stop when adding the 1.4 teleconverter to the Sigma (f/2.8 to f/4) but need the 420mm that comes along with it. Sadly, 400mm is sometimes short depending on location and requires a lot of cropping.

Now the question ... will a better body compensate through higher ISO to negate the use of the teleconverter or is a 400mm f/2.8 a requirement? Meaning, if I forego the purchase of 400mm f/2.8, will a better body give me the same results using the 300mm at f/4?

The new glass is at least three times the price of a new body (sans D3) …

D200 Body ~ 17-35mm 2.8 AF-S | 28-70mm 2.8 AF-S | 70-200mm 2.8 AF-S VR | 50mm 1.4D | 60mm 2.8D | 85mm 1.4D | 105mm 2D DC | 300mm f/4 AF-S | Sigma 120-300mm 2.8 APO EX | 1.4x and 2.0x teleconverters

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